💘The Power Of Love💘

”Three things will last forever: Faith, Hope, Love…and the greatest of these is Love”

1 Corinthians 13:13

Hello, dear friends…

Hope all is well with you.

Everything is going great here…tickety-boo💘

MacKenzie

San Bernardino mountains viewed from the Ontario Airport

I recently returned from a trip to Southern California

During moments of unpacking…

coupled with hours of 💤 napping…

along with what I think I am best at doing…(nesting)

A lovely realization came over me…

A heightened awareness…

that we have all been created for greater things…

to love…and to be loved…

A Love without conditions…or expectations…

bringing peace…

helping each other…

on our journey.

Wishing you…

💕 Love 💕

Marcia
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Postcards From Paris…Monet’s Gardens

 

 

”However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well being for as long as you continue to wonder the garden path.”

-Norman H. Hanson

 

Hello, dear friend…

 

 

 

 

Today we took the train to the delightful village of Giverny…

 

 

 where we then hopped on a shuttle to visit Monet’s Gardens.

 

 

Joe and I remembered a wonderful cafe from a trip  years before…

 

 

and decided to enjoy lunch there before…

 

 

 

Walking the gardens…and touring the magical soulful home of the impressionist artist Claude Monet.

 

 

There are many wonderful stories I could share about this day trip…the scent and beauty of the gardens…the people from many walks of life that we crossed paths with…the charm of the home…food…

 

 

however what comes to mind is a story I read about this talented impressionist artist Claude Monet..it spoke about how he noticed this sweet village while looking out a train window… and at that moment made up his mind to move there…so he rented a house which included the area surrounding it. In 1890 he was able to purchase both house and land…amazing

 

 

and it was here he created (a home) the gardens he wanted to paint.

 

Until next time sweet friend…

 

 

 

Marcia
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Postcards From Paris…The River Seine

 

Good memories are our second chance at happiness”

Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

Hello, dear friend…

 

 

I have returned from my… Saturday walk

relaxed a bit…and now headed out for the Seine River cruise.

 

 

Since the weather was perfect…and had plenty of time to get there…we decided to walk. However…after about 15 minutes of strolling along we realized that we weren’t as close as first thought so now decided that perhaps we better take a cab.

 

 

Oddly there weren’t any available…we started walking faster and faster… a little nervous (p.a.n.i.c.e.d) that perhaps we would miss our cruise.

 

 

Between asking a few people for directions…and walking really really fast we did arrive at the river with plenty of time before departure.

 

 

Everything worked out.

 

 

While we waited to board we struck up a conversation with a couple from New Jersey who were also celebrating their wedding anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dinner cruise was…romantic…charming…dazzling from the beginning… passing some of the city’s most fabulous sites and monuments…

 

 

resulting in one of my favorite memories.

 

stay tuned for a visit to Monet’s Gardens

 

 

Marcia
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Postcards from Paris…Antique Garden Fleuriste

 

 

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

– Audrey Hepburn

 

Hello, dear friends…

 

It’s been raining and stormy on the Oregon coast these last few days…however earlier in the week the sun was shining bright and so I ran over to one of my favorite nurseries to see if I could find some pretty colorful flowers to plant in our garden.

 

 

Here they are all happily blooming in my window box that sits in front of the cottage window. sweet!

 

 

All this enjoyable gardening brought to mind a lovely memory from our Paris trip…

 

 

continued from here💕

Upon our arrival back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne we were delighted when the attendant told us about our upgrade to a much nicer and larger room. The room had a wonderful view and before we knew it had settled in for the day.

 

 

Later we strolled to a cafe across the street where we ordered french sandwiches. these became my signature go to food

 

 

As we enjoyed our meal we began making plans for the following days. Joe thought it would be nice to take a dinner cruise through the River Seine on Saturday evening. great idea Joe!💋

 

 

On Saturday morning after breakfast…

 

 

I mentioned to Joe that I would like to peruse around the neighborhood…

 

 

 

 

exploring the fabulous streets…

 

 

Joe was concerned that I might not be back in time for the dinner cruise that evening. no worries Joe…there’s plenty of time.😉

 

 

During my stroll…

 

 

I came across…

 

 

a most charming garden shop Antique Garden 

 

 

Upon entering this magical space…

 

 

It was love at first sight. soulful garden room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I realized it…the afternoon was half over… time to head on back to the hotel and get ready for the evening cruise. As I walked back my thoughts drifted to how I might create a bit of this soulfulness in my own cottage garden when I returned home.

 

 

next stop…

cruising the Seine

 

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As you can imagine a trip to Paris inspired me in so many ways. beauty…art…flowers…food

 

 

SIMPLE CAPRESE SANDWICHES

(I altered this recipe by grilling the bread and melting the cheese)

 

 

Ingredients:

1 small baguette, cut in half

2 ripe tomatoes sliced thinly

3-4 ounces fresh mozzarella

fresh basil leaves

balsamic vinegar

 

 

Directions:

Slice each half of the baguette in half horizontally and spread both sides with pesto. On one side, layer alternately slices of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Top with fresh basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then add the spring mix to the top.

 

For weeks after returning from Paris I would make these yummy sandwiches. This video is from our first day back…we had terrible jet lag for days…so it was fun to wake up at 2:00 am and  pull out the baguettes and grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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Postcards From Paris💋

 

“The wisdom of a learned man {or woman} comes by opportunity of leisure…” -Ecclesiastes  38: 24-25

 

Hello… I hope you had a wonderful week!

 

Here are the cheese pastry puffs I shared with you in last weeks post. They were a huge success at my sweet little church’s Epiphany party. recipe

 

 

 

 

The inclement weather on the Oregon coast has not only  been a perfect opportunity for refreshing up the cottage…but for also refreshing my memory…

 

 

by going through my notes about our anniversary trip…there’s still so much to share with you! The Beginning✈️

here is…where we left off

All good things must  come to an end…unfortunately such was the case regarding our stay at The Ritz…(waaaa!)

 

 

so after breakfast we were ready to depart.

 

 

We planned on taking a cab back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne where we had made reservations for the next few days.

 

 

However before getting a taxi…

 

 

we decided to go for a walk through Plaza Vendome…

 

 

which was filled with fabulous shops…

 

 

and eateries.

 

 

So with camera in one hand and…

 

 

curiosity in the other

 

 

 we strolled the boulevard continuing along to Tuileries gardens…where we found a park bench to sit on while hearing the music of the merry-go-round…watching children playing…a group of older gentlemen playing bocce…

 

 

and…a vender who was roasting chestnuts next to a bridge…

 

 

where couples wrote their names on a lock…

 

 

then attached it on the wire of the fence…

 

 

Joe purchased a lock and I wrote our names on it…

 

 

we put it on the wired fence next to all the other locks…one day we will return

 

 

P.e.r.f.e.c.t!!!

 

 

After a wonderful afternoon we caught a taxi and returned to the Hotel Eiffel Turenne nice, but not The Ritz 😉where we would rest…before planning our next few days in Paris.

Until next time…

Bonjour!

 

Marcia
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